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Who Needs to Apply

Students who live in the Mar Vista Elementary School attendance boundaries do not need to fill out an application.

If you are not sure if you are in the Mar Vista attendance area, check with your child's elementary school. You can also check it yourself by typing your home address into the LAUSD Resident School Identifier to see if Mar Vista is your home school.

Other SAS details, including application information and dates, can be found at the LAUSD GATE/SAS website.

SAS

School for Advanced Studies (SAS)

LAUSD has changed the application process for entrance to a School for Advanced Studies (SAS) program for non-resident students. New this year, the SAS application is now a part of the CHOICES Unified Enrollment. In past years, applications were submitted directly to the school sites in spring, but this is no longer the practice. To access the CHOICES Brochure, available in multiple languages, go to the following link.

Applications for SAS sites are available online as part of the CHOICES Unified Enrollment by going to https://GoTo.lausd.net and selecting “ATTEND”. Magnet applications can also be completed on the same portal. If you prefer, you may submit a paper application to the District office in lieu of an electronic application.

Students who live in the Mar Vista Elementary School attendance boundaries do not need to fill out an application.


If you are not sure if you are in the Mar Vista attendance area, check with your child's elementary school. You can also check it yourself by typing your home address into the LAUSD Resident School Identifier to see if Mar Vista is your home school.

Other SAS details, including application information and dates, can be found at the LAUSD GATE website.

All prospective parents are invited to attend our New Family Informational Meeting on Feb 12th at 9:00am in the school auditorium. Registration is not required, walk-in basis. We will share information about our school, programs, enrollment, and permits. Parents are also invited to visit our school and classrooms by signing-up for a tour led by parent volunteers (sign-up is on our school website). The tours are followed by a Q & A session with the principal.

CHOICES TIMELINE:

  • Oct 1 - Nov 9 CHOICES Unified Enrollment is open
  • Nov 9 Applications are due by 5:00pm (complete online or submit directly to the District office)
  • Dec 10-21 Confirmation or correction letters
  • Feb 13-22 Program eligibility letters
  • Mar 18-22 Selection or Waiting List letters
  • Apr 5 Deadline for newly selected students to accept or decline placement
  • Feb 1 Late application opens for applicants who missed the deadline

​​​​​​​The SAS Application Process

APPLICANTS TO KINDERGARTEN:

  • Students entering TK are not eligible to apply through the CHOICES Unified Enrollment. Applicants interested in enrolling in TK on permit should attend our New Family Informational Meeting for enrollment information.
  • Students entering Kindergarten must be age 5 by Sep 1st.
  • Kindergarten applicants should provide the following forms to the director of their child’s preschool:
    • 1) Verification of Eligibility
    • 2) SAS Kindergarten Readiness Checklist.
  • These forms, completed by the preschool and verified by the director of the preschool, are used to determine if applicant meets eligibility criteria. The completed forms must be in a sealed official school envelope with the director’s signature across the sealed side. It must be postmarked or delivered to the District office by Nov 9th.
  • Falsification of information will result in the applicant’s removal from the school site.
  • For Kindergarten applicants who are not attending a preschool, please schedule an evaluation with the District GATE office. Call 213-241-8361 before the Nov 9th deadline for more information.
  • For current TK students who are attending an LAUSD school, the verification process will be done electronically by the school of attendance. There are no verification forms to submit.

APPLICANTS TO GRADES 1-5 FROM PRIVATE, INDEPENDENT CHARTER, AND NON-LAUSD SCHOOLS:

  • Parents should provide a copy of the Verification of Eligibility form to the principal of their child’s school. The form is used to determine if applicant meets eligibility criteria.
  • The completed form must be in a sealed official school envelope with the principal’s signature across the sealed side. It must be postmarked or delivered to the District office by Nov 9th.
  • Falsification of information will result in the applicant’s removal from the school site.

APPLICANTS WHO HAVE A SIBLING AT MAR VISTA SCHOOL:

  • The District provides selection priority to applicants with siblings in the year of enrollment at Mar Vista.
  • To help us plan for siblings, complete the Non-Resident Sibling Permit Interest Form and submit it to the main office by TBD
  • If you are applying for the SAS program (grades K-5), be sure to complete the online application by the due date, TBD, and include sibling information through the Parent Portal.

For more information and resources, go to the LAUSD GATE/SAS Programs website.

Who Needs to Apply